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UPA policies helped country survive meltdown: Sonia

February 14, 2009 17:44 IST

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United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi said on Saturday the global meltdown has not affected the country's economy much and attributed it to the policies adopted by the Congress-led government at the Centre.

"Though there is meltdown in global economy, impact in India is comparatively less because of the policies pursued by the UPA government," Gandhi said after inaugurating the integrated terminal building of Srinagar International Airport and train service from Mazhom to Baramulla on Saturday.

The Congress chief said the Centre was engaged in providing relief to the people of the country and promised to complete various projects.

Gandhi congratulated railway minister Lalu Prasad and ministry officials for completing the 'challenging' job of starting the Mazhom-Baramulla train service.

She also showered praises on Praful Patel, minister of state for civil aviation and Airports Authority of India for completing the project of integrated terminal building.

The UPA chairperson also flagged off the first international flight to Dubai from Kashmir later.

"Initially, one flight will be operated on every Saturday. Introduction of more flights depends on response from the Valley people," an AAI official said.

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